November 20 St. Edmund the Martyr

…I began this great act of thanksgiving by renewing my vows. My soul became thoroughly immersed in God, and there issued from my whole being but one single flame of gratitude and thanksgiving to God. There were not many words, because God’s blessings, like a fierce fire, consumed my soul, and all sufferings and sorrows were like wood thrown into the flames, without which the fire would go out. I called upon all heaven and earth to join me in my act of thanksgiving.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, filled with infinite love, accept the consecration that I make to You of all that I am and all that I have. Take my body, my mind, my heart, and my soul. Draw me, day by day, ever nearer to Your Sacred Heart.

Amen.

August 26 St. Bichier

“The sign that a creature hopes in Me and not in himself is that he does not fear with a servile fear. They who hope in themselves are the ones who fear, and are afraid of their own shadow, and doubt lest the sky and earth fade away before them. With such fears as these, and a perverted hope in their own small knowledge, they spend so much miserable solicitude in acquiring and preserving temporal things, that they turn their back on the spiritual, caring not for them. But they, miserable, faithless, proud ones consider not that I alone am He who provides all things necessary for the soul and the body, and that with the same measure that My creatures hope in Me, will My providence be measured to them.”

-St. Catherine of Siena

 

Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, filled with infinite love, accept the consecration that I make to You of all that I am and all that I have. Take my body, my mind, my heart, and my soul. Draw me, day by day, ever nearer to Your Sacred Heart.

Amen.

July 23 St. Bridget

After such things, we hope to find rest in your great sanctification. But you, the Good, needful of no good, are forever at rest, for your rest is yourself.
What man will give it to man to understand this? What angel will give it to an angel? What angel to man? From you let it be asked. In you let it be sought. At your door let us knock for it. Thus, thus is it received, thus is it found, thus is it opened to us.

-St. Augustine

 

Prayer for Perseverance

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and life-giving fountain of eternal life, infinite treasure of the Divinity, and glowing furnace of love, You are my refuge and my sanctuary. O adorable and glorious Savior, consume my heart with the burning fire that ever inflames Your Heart. Pour down on my soul the graces that flow from Your love. Let my heart be so united with Yours that our wills may be one, and mine may in all things be conformed to Yours. May Your Will be the rule both of my desires and of my actions.

Amen.

 

July 19 St. John Plessington

My heart was consumed with the desire of loving Him, which gave me an insatiable longing for Holy Communion and for suffering. However, I knew not what to do, for I had no time at my disposal except the night, of which I spent as much as I could in prayer.

– St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

 

Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

July 7 St. Odo of Urgell

“This Blood teaches the truth to him who, by self-knowledge, dissipates the cloud of self-love, and in no other way can he learn. Then the soul will inflame herself in this knowledge of Me with an ineffable love, through which love she continues in constant pain; not, however, a pain which afflicts or dries truth, and her own faults, and the ingratitude of men, she endures intolerable suffering, grieving because she loves Me…”

-St. Catherine of Siena

 

Act of Spiritual Communion 

My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

July 5 St. Anthony Zaccaria

Our Savior has instituted the most august sacrament of the Eucharist, which contains his flesh and blood in their reality, so that whoever eats of it shall live forever. Therefore, whoever turns to it frequently and devoutly so effectively builds up his soul’s health that it is almost impossible for him to be poisoned by evil affection of any kind.

-St. Francis de Sales

 

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, be my sanctification;
Body of Christ, be my salvation;
Blood of Christ, fill all my veins;
Water of Christ’s side, wash out my stains;
Passion of Christ, my comfort be;
O good Jesus, listen to me;
In Thy wounds I fain would hide;
Never to be parted from Thy side;
Guard me, should the foe assail me;
Call me when my life shall fail me;
Bid me come to Thee above,
With Thy saints to sing Thy love,
World without end.

Amen.

July 4 Independence Day

Mother, I commend and entrust to you all that goes into making up earthly progress, asking that it should not be one-sided, but that it should create conditions for the full spiritual advancement of individuals, families, communities, and nations. I commend to you the poor, the suffering, the sick and the handicapped, the aging and the dying. I ask you to reconcile those in sin, to heal those in pain, and to uplift those who have lost their hope and joy. Show to those who struggle in doubt the light of Christ your Son.

-St. John Paul II

 

Prayer for Independence Day

God, source of all freedom, this day is bright with the memory of those who declared that life and liberty are your gift to every human being. Help us to continue a good work begun long ago. Make our vision clear and our will strong: that only in human solidarity will we find liberty, and justice only in the honor that belongs to every life on earth. Turn our hearts toward the family of nations: to understand the ways of others, to offer friendship, and to find safety only in the common good of all. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Prayer for the Protection of the Church

O glorious Saint Michael, guardian and defender of the Church of Jesus Christ, come to the assistance of the Church, against which the powers of hell are unchained, guard with especial care her august Head, and obtain that for him and for us the hour of triumph may speedily arrive.

O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, watch over us during life, defending us against assaults of the demon, assists us especially at the hour of death; obtain for us a favorable judgment, and the happiness of beholding God face to Face for endless ages.

Amen.

 

Litany of Saints

July 2 St. Oliver Plunkett

I thank God for this illness and these physical discomforts, because I have time to converse with the Lord Jesus. It is my delight to spend long hours at the feet of the hidden God, and the hours pass like minutes as I lose track of time. I feel that a fire is burning within me, and I understand no other life but that of sacrifice, which flows from pure love.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

Prayer of Offering of the Precious Blood

Eternal Father, You have given Your only Son to be the Redeemer of the world and willed that He should shed—even to the last drop—His Precious Blood for love of all persons.

I offer You the effusion of the Precious Blood, which flowed beneath the knife of circumcision, which watered the Garden of Olives, which flooded the praetorium and streets of Jerusalem, which was shed in torrents at the Crucifixion, and Whose last drops reddened the steel of the lance.

In the name of this adorable Blood, grant to sinners the grace of salvation, to the just an increase of love, and to all human beings a large share in the merits that It has assured us. Pardon us in the name of this Divine Blood. Heed Its pleading voice. Remember that It is the Blood of Your Son in Whose Name You have promised to hear our every prayer.

Amen.

 

Litany of the Saints

June 29 Sts. Peter and Paul

The divine Master commanded Saint Peter to walk on the waters. And when Saint Peter heard the wind blowing and saw the dangerous storm, he was afraid, and this fear almost submerged him. So he asked the Master’s help, and Jesus reprimanded him, saying, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” And holding out his hand to him, the master assured him.

– St. Pio of Pietrelcina

 

“Bear your share of the hardship which the Gospel entails,” writes Paul to Timothy in today’s Second Reading (2 Tim 1:8). This is not idle exhortation to endurance. No, it is an invitation to enter more deeply into the Christian vocation which belongs to us all by Baptism.

-St. John Paul II

 

Prayer for the Pope

Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to Your shepherd Francis a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care may he, as successor to the apostle Peter and vicar of Christ, build Your Church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for all the world.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Litany of the Saints

June 28 St. Irenaeus

My Good Shepherd, who have shown Your very gentle mercy to us unworthy sinners in various physical pains and sufferings, give grace and strength to me, Your little lamb, that in no tribulation or anguish or pain may I turn away from you.

-St. Francis of Assisi

 

Let us always worship and bless the almighty hand of God. It strikes only to heal us and make us see the emptiness of the things in this valley of tears where we are only passing through.

-St. Bernadette Soubirous

 

Prayer for Perseverance

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and life-giving fountain of eternal life, infinite treasure of the Divinity, and glowing furnace of love, You are my refuge and my sanctuary. O adorable and glorious Savior, consume my heart with the burning fire that ever inflames Your Heart. Pour down on my soul the graces that flow from Your love. Let my heart be so united with Yours that our wills may be one, and mine may in all things be conformed to Yours. May Your Will be the rule both of my desires and of my actions.

Amen.

 

Litany of the Saints